Our Team

Meet Our Team of Optometry Experts

Rideau Optometric has a great team of optometrists who will examine your eyes with the utmost precision. Their priority is to ensure your vision and eye health are optimal. Call us today to book an appointment at one of our three Ottawa-area clinics.

Dr.  Sheldon Butler

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Sheldon Butler is originally from Newfoundland. His education and work have taken him from coast to coast. Dr. Butler earned his Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biology with a special interest in human impacts on ecosystems from the University of Ottawa in 1999. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2004.

In his early years of practice, Dr. Butler worked in Vancouver before he established his clinic in Ottawa. At work, Dr. Butler performs comprehensive eye examinations for adults, but he is also passionate about pediatric optometry. Dr. Butler fits a wide variety of lenses, and takes interest in “hard-to-fit” contacts such as multifocal lenses. In his free time, Dr. Butler enjoys playing video games and board games. He also loves to travel to his favourite destination: Disney World! Dr. Butler is fluent in both English and French.

Dr.  Anthony Ali

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Anthony Ali was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. From there, he moved to Windsor, Ontario where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree with great distinction in Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor. He then went to the University of Waterloo where he graduated in 2019 with his Doctor of Optometry degree.

During his studies, he spent a clinical rotation working with a comprehensive Ophthalmologist in North Miami Beach, FL providing pre and post-op care to cataract patients and managing various ocular diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes. He also interned with an Optometrist in Sarnia, Ontario providing primary care services to patients and families of all ages.

Dr. Ali now resides in Ottawa, Ontario working at Rideau Optometric where he enjoys providing comprehensive eye exams and educating patients about all aspects of their vision.

Dr.  Crystal Chan

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Crystal Chan completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2009. Having worn glasses since the age of seven, she understood at an early age the importance of vision in daily function.

Crystal loves being able to help her patients with their specific eye care needs. Patient education regarding the best treatment options and preventative health is very important to her. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching gentle and beginner hatha yoga. In addition to English, Crystal speaks Cantonese.

Dr.  Gwyneth Hamilton

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Gwyneth Hamilton is originally from Belleville, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2014 with an Honours Specialization in Biology. She then went straight into the optometry program at the New England College of Optometry in Boston and graduated in 2018.

During her studies, Dr. Hamilton had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in many specialized clinics including the Perkins School for the Blind and the New England Eye Institute. She especially enjoyed performing low vision exams. She also acquired many skills that help in her day to day practice at the Vision Institute of Canada in Toronto, a health centre in East Boston and the Veterans Affair Hospital in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts. These experiences allowed her to work with many different types of patients with a wide array of ocular health conditions and vision needs.

At work, Dr. Hamilton especially likes treating ocular disease in order to help her patients optimize their vision and maximize their quality of life.

In her personal life, Dr. Hamilton loves going for hikes in the summer. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Dr.  Yvonne Mak

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Yvonne Mak has always known she wanted to be an optometrist after enjoying and looking forward to all the visits she had with her own optometrist growing up. Dr. Mak received her Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry on the Dean’s Honours List from the University of Waterloo in 2019.

Dr. Mak trained under cataract and retinal ophthalmologists at the Eye Centers of South Florida in North Miami Beach. She also completed an internship in Victoria, British Columbia where she managed patients with a variety of ocular diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Mak enjoys seeing patients of all ages and has a special interest in pediatrics and fitting soft contact lenses.

Dr. Mak is originally from Toronto. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys exploring the city she now calls home with her friends and family.

Dr.  Shainaz Moosa

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Shainaz Moosa is now proud to call Ottawa her home. She completed her Bachelor of Science at McGill University and her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2012. During her studies, she participated in a volunteer mission trip to Cameroon, where she helped provide eye care to underserved patients.

Her clinical skills include examining patients of all ages, and observing for early signs of eye disease. She takes great interest in educating her patients about the maintenance of good eye health. When not at the clinic, Dr. Moosa enjoys taking part in theatre arts, and spending time with her niece and nephew. She is delighted to be part of the great team at Rideau Optometric.

Dr.  Nazli Sammak

Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Dr. Nazli Sammak is from Saskatoon where she attended the University of Saskatchewan for her undergraduate degree in Regional and Urban Planning from which she graduated with high honours. She also has a high honours bachelor’s degree in Heritage Architecture from Tehran University. She obtained her Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Her externship trainings were at the Veteran’s Affair hospital in Southern Oregon, the Henderson Vision Centre in Winnipeg and the Imperial Healthcare Hospital in Dubai provided her experience across many specialties including glaucoma, vision rehabilitation and ophthalmology (pre-operative and post-operative).

In her spare time, Nazli enjoys traveling, baking, cooking, and spending time outdoors. She is conversant in Persian and Arabic. She is very excited to be part of Rideau Optometric and is proud to work with such a fantastic team of practitioners.

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“Had to have a eye exam due to trouble with distance vision. Amazing and friendly receptionist staff along side the professional doctors made this visit easy and informative. Everyone was very helpful and even took the extra time to show me how to use contact lenses for the first time. The location was also a major convenience being at the Rideau Center next to the transit way. 10/10 would recommend.”

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